Anil and Elsa’s Westminster Wedding Video

We’re so pleased to share with you Anil and Elsa’s wedding highlight video from their big day here at the Westminster Hotel. The entire Westminster Weddings staff looks back on this beautiful celebration with such joy for this wonderful couple, and we wish them every happiness in their future together!

Anil and Elsa at The Westminster Hotel :: NJ Wedding Videographer :: Creative Unlimited from Creative Unlimited on Vimeo.

The Best Ways to Offer Your Wedding Guests Even More

Westminster Weddings at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

Wedding menus at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston

Westminster Weddings menus at the Westminster Hotel - photo by Andy Foster Photography

We’re so happy to give you a sneak peek at some terrific wedding survey results, courtesy of The Wedding Report’s upcoming Wedding Report Quarterly issue. We know you want to give your wedding guests an amazing experience (we want that, too!) so here are the top ways to spoil your wedding guests, offering them even more than they would expect from such a special day:

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The WRQ survey puts the top two ways to give your guests even more in the Drinks category:

  1.  Offer a welcome drink or drink station upon guests’ arrival. (38.3%)
  2. Offer post-ceremony drinks or drink stations, so that guests can help themselves or be served your signature wedding drinks, a special post-ceremony drink, wine or champagne just after you say your I Do’s. With everyone having a drink in hand, a group toast may be in order! (36.5%)

The survey continues with a mix of gourmet cuisine offerings in your wedding menu, plus more drink options:

3. Offer a larger number of menu options at the cocktail party, including stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet. (26.2%)

4. Offer late-night bites during the dancing hours, since it may have been a while since dinner. Late-night bites let you treat your guests to even more of our wonderful catering options, and perhaps include some more casual items that didn’t make it into your final picks for your cocktail party or dinner menus…or maybe they did, and guests would just love to see that they get to have more! (22.1%)

5. Offer quick, light bite treats before the ceremony. Why make them wait? (21.3%)

6. Offer multiple signature drinks at the cocktail party. Such as His and Hers drinks, or a variety of cocktail choices. (19.9%)

7. Offer passed desserts in addition to cake and dessert hour options. Guests on the dance floor would love a mini pastry or other sweet treat! (18.3%)

Desserts at Westminster Weddings

8. Offer amazing entrée options. (15.6%)

9. Offer a food truck outside your venue for guests’ enjoyment as they depart (14.3%)

10. Offer an ice cream bar at the dessert hour. (13.3%)

Talk with our event coordinator and chef about your Westminster Wedding menus and drinks, and create a fabulous experience for all of your guests!

 

 

 

 

Top Fall Wedding Trends for NJ Weddings 2016

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Fall weddings have grown in popularity for NJ wedding couples, since the weather is so comfortable in our region, the fall foliage so beautiful (especially at outdoor wedding spaces) and fall wedding trends including gorgeous décor and food inspirations.

According to the wedding industry survey site The Wedding Report, the most popular months for weddings in New Jersey include September at 14.0%, October at 13% and November at 8%. If that doesn’t sound overly impressive, keep in mind that April weddings in New Jersey are at 7%, May weddings are at 12% and June weddings are at 13% — which makes October weddings equal in popularity to June weddings, and September beats them all as the top month for weddings in New Jersey.

To help inspire your fall wedding plans, here are some of the top new trends for fall weddings in 2016:

  • Outdoor ceremonies and cocktail parties. With such gorgeous autumn color in the trees and landscaping all throughout your wedding venue and outdoor wedding gardens, you get gorgeous scenery, color and textures courtesy of Mother Nature (without adding a penny to your wedding budget for décor!) There’s something so special about gathering your loved ones in a scenic outdoor space for your ceremony and cocktail party, especially during peak fall foliage times in NJ.
  • Fall wedding colors. Color trend-setting specialists PANTONE® announce the top wedding colors for each season, and their fall wedding colors include the loveliest shades of cranberry, brick, dark green, gray-blue, and other shades that add depth and richness to wedding plans. You’ll see a number of PANTONE® wedding inspiration boards on Pinterest, sharing gorgeous fall wedding design inspirations by color, including which top wedding colors to combine for fall. One of the top neutrals for fall wedding colors is charcoal gray, which adds an elegance to wedding design, and lest you think fall wedding colors are only in the darker shades, pops of bright colors are a top trend for fall wedding color combinations. We’re seeing more and more bright colors reminiscent of summer (such as ice-pop style reds) mixed in with classic fall colors for a fresh and happy look.
  • Jewel- toned crystals. Clear crystals have long been wedding décor staples, and now a top trend for fall weddings that add sparkle and rich hues is jewel-toned crystals such as sapphire and burgundy shades, in addition to oranges and yellows.
  • Intimate lighting. Fall weddings get all the more intimate and magical with lots of pretty lighting, including table-set candles in varying heights and styles (candelabras, pillar candles, votives, etc.) lantern lights, suspended lights, chandeliers, and specialty lighting companies’ color washes, uplighting and custom lighting effects projected onto the dance floor, walls and even onto the driveway outside your wedding venue for an exciting welcome to your wedding celebration.
  • Fall flowers. And not the usual ones you’d expect for wedding flowers in the fall. New favorite fall wedding flowers includie Iris, Hyacinths, zinnia, snapdragon, freesia, and lily of the valley – all surprising choices, since these are commonly known as spring wedding flowers and summer wedding flowers. But in the world of flower creation, new hybrids are sprouting up spring and summer colors and delicate flowers in the fall season. New Jersey-grown flowers are also on the fall wedding décor trends list, such as popular blooms like sunflowers and roses.
  • Fabulous fabrics. Fall weddings call for heavier fabrics for your table linens, in rich, touchable textures that add elegance to your wedding décor.

Fall wedding menus at Westminster Weddings

  • Fall wedding menus include lots of meats with paired sauces, and stations offering both heavier and lighter, fresh, garden-inspired fare. In a top fall wedding trend, pair foods with NJ microbrew beers and ales, and bourbon-glazed meats. And side dishes include chef-elevated fall veggies with a gourmet twist, making side dishes as enticing as the main course. Soups, particularly creamy soups and bisques make the list for top wedding menu stations and courses.
  • For fall wedding drinks, include hot toddies like hot rum drinks and hot spiked ciders for that elevated autumn drinks menu, and include an array of flavored coffees for after dinner.
  • In desserts, add pies to your dessert hour list, since pies are a top trend for wedding desserts, in full-sized pies for slicing, and as mini pie tarts. Fall flavor macarons are also on the In list, and everyone’s favorite NJ pastries and mini pastries are always popular, no matter the season.

NJ wedding favorite mini pastries at Westminster Weddings

If you’re in our Westminster Weddings family of couples marrying here this fall, we hope our collection of fall wedding trends 2016 helps with your last-minute planning. We also remind you that the upcoming fall wedding season is also time for your rehearsal dinner and other wedding weekend events at which you can use these inspirations as well. Strip House at the Westminster Hotel has been named by New Jersey Bride magazine as one of the best rehearsal dinner spots in New Jersey, and we look forward to helping you plan a fabulous rehearsal dinner or special event to your specifications.

NEW! Introducing the Westminster Hotel Weddings Bridal Shower Package

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Plan A Bridal Shower Like No Other…

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new Westminster Hotel Weddings Bridal Shower Package!

Open to all wedding groups, whether or not the wedding is booked with us.

If the wedding is booked with Westminster Hotel Weddings, you will receive:

  • 10% off your bridal shower package fee
  • A free 24-layer Strip House chocolate layer cake, feeds 20  ($250 value)
A look inside the delectable chocolate cake your bridal shower group can enjoy!

A look inside the delectable chocolate cake your bridal shower group can enjoy!

Bridal showers take place at the chic, upscale Strip House in Livingston, named to the NJ.com nominees list of best restaurant/hotel bars in the state, and named best-designed restaurant by Interior Design Magazine.

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Timing: 1pm to 4pm

Strip House can accommodate up to 75 bridal shower guests.

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On the Menu:

Signature Cocktails: You get to design your own signature bridal shower cocktail, partnering with our mixologist via phone, email or an in-person meeting to choose the color, taste and name of your bridal shower signature drink that will be available to all of your guests.

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Welcome Course:

Cheese Fondue Station, featuring our famous Gorgonzola-Stilton cheese fondue and dippers such as warm garlic bread or seasonal vegetable crudités and more, OR  an impressive imported cheese platter, both option with our wine expert’s custom-selected wines to complement your cheese selections.

Sit-Down Bridal Shower Lunch: Each course available with a wine pairing tailored to the Entrée item you choose, for the ultimate culinary experience, plus a cordial pairing with dessert.

  • Salad
  • Entrée
  • Dessert

Our on-site cake bakers and pastry chef can make all of your desserts, or you may bring in your own cake for our staff’s professional plating.

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Coffee bar with an array of coffee flavoring syrups, creamers and rock candy stirrers.

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Tea bar with an array of tea flavors

Our event planning team can organize your upscale bridal shower game: a contest to see which bridal shower guest decorates their own fondant-covered Westminster Weddings cake layer in the most stylish design. For an additional fee, we provide the fondant-covered cake layers, we supply your choices of six different types of cake décor items, and the winner gets a prize. And that prize is also something we can arrange for you: such as a gift card for a massage at our elite on-site spa.

Additionally, our bridal shower package, like all of our Westminster Hotel Weddings, can be customized to your liking, and tailored to your budget, and planned to please the bride and all of her guests. We’re thrilled to introduce our bridal shower package as a very exciting Something New that provides a rarity in the coming months: it’s something that none of your bridal shower guests have experienced before, and your bride could be the very first in her circle of friends and family to have a bridal shower with such focus on fine food, wine and desserts, in our celebrity-favorite restaurant. Call our director of catering at Westminster Hotel Weddings (973-548-0047) today to start planning your unforgettable bridal shower.

Wedding Drink and Menu Pairing Stations for 2016

Wedding menu and cocktail pairings at Westminster Weddings in Livingston NJ

Pairing menu items with complementary drinks is a top wedding trend for 2016, offering guests the flavor fabulousness of expertly-paired flavors, creative cocktails and sensational sake and sangria served with our standout wedding menu items at our Westminster Weddings and parties.

We spoke with Jono Moratis, Director of Food and Beverage at The Glazier Group, for his suggestions of the top wedding drink and menu pairing stations for 2016, capturing the top wedding menu trends and top wedding drink trends, ‘marrying’ them together for amazing pairings sure to please your guests:

“I believe 2016 will see more combinations of Food and Beverage incorporated into one station,” says Moratis with the smart suggestion that alcohol is offered as tasting portions as opposed to shots for a more upscale presentation and enjoyment. Moratis’s top station styles include:

* International Wine and Cheese Bar: Featuring Imported and domestic cheeses such as Smoked Gouda, Chocolate Stout Cheddar, Boursin, Stilton, Parmesan, Assorted Cheddars with an assortment of Red and White Wines

 * Tequila Bar featuring a variety of Tex-Mex Appetizers such as Mini Tacos, Quesadillas, Chips and assorted Salsa, Milagro Barrel Select, Haradurra, Roca Patron, Casa Noble are just a few of the premium brands that are featured.

*Classic Seafood: Shrimps, Squid and Scallops and a selection of Shucked Oyster paired with chilled upscale vodkas. 

* Sake and Sushi: Elaborate assortment of Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls offered with a selection of both hot and cold sakes.

Wedding menu and cocktail pairings at Westminster Weddings in Livingston NJ

* Bourbon and Bar B Que: The traditional slider station will offer pulled pork and braised beef as well a as sirloin sliders with a selection of small batch bourbons for sampling. Bookers, Hudson, and Blantons are among the featured liquors.

*Hot dog and craft beer station. As a cocktail party station or for late-night bites, a hot dog bar with sauerkraut, onion, chili and relish comes with a selection of craft beers hand-tailored to complement the tailgate and stadium favorite flavor.

 

April Cocktail of the Month at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel: The Aviator

A wedding’s signature drink is always a hit, and we’re excited to share one of the April Drinks of the Month: The Aviator, now available at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel.

Stop in to try it, and see if it’s the perfect drink for your Westminster Wedding, or mix it up at home using our mixologist’s cocktail recipe:

The Aviator, an April Cocktail of the Month at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel

Aviator

Gin, Pimms, Fresh Lemon Juice

3 oz Gin, ½ oz Pimms Cup  ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Mix and shake with ice and serve in Cocktail Glass